Small Cells World Summit 2013

The Small Cells World Summit 2013, in London this week, is the largest small cells event in the telecoms industry. By bringing the network closer to mobile users, small cells enable operators to target capital expenditures where they are needed most to improve the user experience.

Lots of Hotspot 2.0, where cellular subscribers are bounced automatically to WiFi networks. Many announcements have been timed to coordinate with this event.

  • Airspan announced today its AirSynergy 2000 Outdoor LTE Pico-cell solution, optimized for deployment in a Heterogeneous Network at street level (e.g. on lamp posts, utility Poles, building sides). The eNodeB can also be combined with Airspan’s iBridge NLOS Small Cell Backhaul solution.
  • Qualcomm today announced a family of 28 nanometer (nm) solutions that enable pico, metro and enterprise small cells designed to enhance operators’ 3G and LTE networks.

    The Qualcomm FSM99xx solutions integrate the company’s 3G and 4G technologies and support advanced 802.11ac/n Wi-Fi to enable full-featured small cells that are designed to provide superior performance with greater power efficiency.

  • Texas Instruments says its new KeyStone-based TCI6630K2L System-on-Chip (SoC) offers small cell developers a single hardware and software platform to address multiple indoor and outdoor use cases, with differentiated features and enhancements. It offers a complete PHY layer for single-and dual-mode LTE and WCDMA, eliminating one of the most complex tasks of base station design. It leverages the fastest dual ARM Cortex™ -A15 RISC processors and four of TI’s fixed- and floating-point TMS320C66x digital signal processor (DSP) generation cores to provide a small cell solution that drives higher power amplifier efficiency, reducing the overall power requirements.
  • EdgeConneX, a leading provider of Infrastructure as a Service, announced that it is currently constructing a small cellular network for a high-profile, Northern Virginia residential and retaildevelopment. EdgeConneX recently announced the deployment of a ‘rural’ small cell network for CoverageCo throughout the State of Vermont, and EdgeConneX says this second project illustrates the ready adoption of real estate developers and municipalities to leverage the technology in expanding cellular network coverage.
  • PureWave Networks, a rapidly growing developer of small cell solutions, today introduced Constellation Lyra – a line of advanced small cell solutions designed to deliver LTE, W-CDMA and WiFi coverage in indoor settings. Lyra 400 units are designed for simple mounting on a wall or ceiling.
  • ZTE selected Broadcom’s small cell baseband processor family to integrate into its 3G small cell residential access points. Broadcom’s small cell baseband processors will accelerate the deployment of ZTE’s small cell end-to-end solution.

The Small Cell Forum, the independent industry and operator association that supports small cell deployment worldwide, today announced early details of Release Two, its plan to accelerate enterprise small cell deployments, to be published in December 2013. The Forum defines the enterprise space as generally indoor, premises-based, but also including specific services and analytics.

In other news, Network Utility Force, an Atlanta-based network engineering and professional services company, announced today it has completed the deployment of an outdoor, IPv6 enabled, municipal WiFi network for the City of Douglasville, Georgia. A Google community grant of $165,039 to the City of Douglasville supports the 60-acre outdoor Wi-Fi network using Aerohive APs.

The Yota LTE/UMTS/GSM portable router simultaneously supports FDD Bands 1/3/7/20 and TDD 38. It features an electronic paper display, and has a unique battery lifetime of up to 60 hours active. Stick this bad boy anywhere. It’s based on Qualcomm’s latest MDM9225 chipset.

Special software algorithms mean this device can work longer and save battery life better. It lasts for 16 hours of smartphone synchronization or 6 hours of video downloading and uploading, 39 hours in standby and 60 days in hibernate mode. The fast charge feature means it can be charged up to 70% of battery in just 1 hour.

The FCC is poised to act to open up 195 MHz of new spectrum in the 5 GHz band.

One of the major efforts of the proposed rules is to simplify the technical requirements for 5 GHz unlicensed devices by converging on one unified set of rules that cover the entire 5 GHz band.

Take back the air.

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